Notes on a Scandal
One of my favorite movies of all time. Judi Dench and Cate Blanchett were both nominated for Oscars for this story of the conflicts and unlikely friendship between an older, cynical and lonely conservative teacher, and a young, attractive pottery instructor. The older woman is loathed by her students and colleagues, the younger woman is loved by her students – perhaps too much. The story outline sounds like a pot-boiler: sex, betrayal, adultery, and disillusionment. But the Oscar nominated screenplay, combined with the amazing performances by the entire cast, create a first-rate drama that raises difficult issues and leaves you thinking. Rated R for language and some “aberrant sexual” content.